Guardians of Eternity is a documentary film about the toxic legacy of an abandoned gold mine in northern Canada. The Giant Mine is closed now, but the mess that has been left behind will be with us forever. The Yellowknives Dene First Nation is on the front line because the mine is on their land.
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The Giant Mine produced 7 million ounces of gold over a period of 55 years. The companies that controlled the mine made $1.1 billion (all figures in 2002 dollars) in profit and the government collected $572 million in taxes and royalties, but also provided $59 million in subsidies to the mine.
After the mine went bankrupt, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada took responsibility for dealing with the cleaning up of the site. The Giant Mine site consists of 950 hectares containing 8 open pits, 4 tailing ponds, 100 buildings, 11,500,000 cubic feet of contaminated soils, and 237,000 tons of arsenic trioxide.
Remediation of the mine site focuses on isolating and containing the arsenic trioxide using a “Frozen Block Method.” In the short term, the estimated cost of the remediation work is $903 million. However, arsenic trioxide will remain toxic to life forever.
The Yellowknives Dene First Nation has lived on the surrounding land for centuries and now they must deal with the prospect of living with arsenic trioxide for eternity.
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